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The Division of Public Works currently maintains a network of more than 58 miles of major streets and 243 miles of paved and unpaved local streets. Farmington Hills has the ninth largest municipal street network in the state of Michigan and the largest municipal network in Oakland County.
The DPW oversees all routine maintenance of the City’s street system including pavement patching and replacement, road grading, litter control, street sweeping, roadside mowing and landscaping, forestry services, storm drain maintenance and improvements, ditching, guardrail repairs, sign maintenance, and snow and ice control. Additionally, City crews provide mowing and litter control services to 40 miles of county roads.
Ensuring safe driving conditions is the primary objective of the road maintenance program. Improving the aesthetic quality of the street network in the City of Farmington Hills is also a priority.
Directed Special Assessments for Local Road Reconstruction
In April 2015, the Farmington Hills City Council adopted the Local Road Directed Special Assessment Policy. This policy was adopted in order to establish a minimum local (neighborhood) road pavement condition. Local roads that are below the policy’s minimum condition are considered a threat to safety and a detriment to the City at large. These roads are placed onto a five-year capital improvement program and prioritized based on a number of variables, such as public interest, proximity to schools, and number of properties benefiting from the improvement.
Local road projects identified on the capital improvement program are then scheduled for public hearings and ultimately reconstructed through a special assessment, with annual payments placed on the homeowner’s tax bill. The costs of the improvement are shared with 80% paid by the benefiting property owners and 20% paid by the City, as prescribed by City Charter.
Directed Special Assessments for Road Improvements Policy
Directed Special Assessments Information Sheet
Directed Special Assessments FAQs
Local Roads CIP 2016-17
Future Proposed Local SAD Projects Map
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Snow and Ice Removal
The City provides snow and ice control throughout the winter months for its 300-mile road network. These streets fall into one of three categories; major roads, school bus routes, and subdivision streets. Major roads and school bus routes receive the highest priority; they are plowed and salted following any accumulation of snow or ice. Local streets are plowed following accumulation of four inches or more of snow. If the accumulation is less than four inches, subdivision streets are spot salted, on hills, curves, and intersections. The DPW staff, in conjunction with Police dispatch, are on-call seven days a week to respond to road hazard conditions or storm events. These services are provided for all roads under the City’s jurisdiction. Throughout Farmington Hills, however, there are roads under the jurisdiction of the Road Commission for Oakland County, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Wayne County, and our neighboring Cities of Southfield and Farmington.
School Bus Routes
The Farmington School District has selected the primary road link between the City’s major street network and the district’s elementary schools. These links are then designated as school bus routes. Note that these routes do not include all roads driven by school buses. School bus routes are plowed and/or salted following any accumulation of snow and ice.
The City does not plow or salt sidewalks. Although requests for this service have been reviewed for years, the City has adopted a policy of not providing snow and ice control for the City’s sidewalk network. Given the frequency of thaws in Southeastern Michigan, pedestrians can safely use sidewalks throughout most of the winter. Sidewalk snow removal programs in other communities have resulted in extensive landscape damages and, on occasion, caused increased hazards due to icy sidewalk surface conditions.
The City places 55-gallon drums filled with a mixture of sand and salt at intersections and hills upon request from homeowner groups. If your association is interested in having barrels placed within your subdivision, please send a letter, along with a clear description or sketch of the location, to the Division of Public Works at 27245 Halsted, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 48331, or email the DPW. It is important to obtain the approval of the property owner adjacent to the selected location, given that spilled salt may burn the grass.
Roadway Jurisdictions in Farmington Hills
There are a number of county and state roads that pass through Farmington Hills and are directly linked with the City’s road network. County roads, as well as MDOT highways, are maintained throughout the winter months by the Road Commission for Oakland County maintenance staff. Like the Farmington Hills DPW, the Road Commission maintenance staff is on call 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies and weather.